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Dear Families during the shelter in place order all SPIN support groups will take place online through Zoom. Click on the highlited text to see current support group info. Support Groups During COVID-19 Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Guidelines to Facilitate a SPIN Support Group
bullet 'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group:
(for any parent of a child with any type of disability)
Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm at 251 Kings Villiage Rd, Scotts Valley 95066
Like our Facebook page and receive info. on up coming meetings.
For more info or to RSVP, please call and leave a message at 423-7713 or email Heidi Lister at special.connections.sc@gmail.com
NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.

spinsc@yahoogroups is a new discussion group for Special Parents Information Network families. This SPIN listserv online discussion group offers an opportunity to exchange information with SPIN staff and other parents of children with any type of disability (autism, developmental delays, physical or medical disabilities, learning disabilities, neurobehavioral disabilities such as: TS, OCD, ODD, NVLD, AD/HD, or Bi-polar) and other conditions.
Families who connect to this peer support network will have access to more information and resources, and will have the opportunity to give and receive support from parents in their community. This group is open only to parents or family members in the Santa Cruz and San Benito counties of Central California.
To participate, go to this webpage:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spinsc
Follow the directions to join. Be sure to tell us your first and last name; city where you reside, and child's disability. This is to protect our group and keep it local.
Your information will be kept confidential by the moderator. The more who join, the more people who can give and receive support! Our group email is: spinsc@yahoogroups.com
Contact Heidi Lister at 423-7713 or special.connections.sc@gmail.com for more info.

bullet All Disabilities Support Group for Spanish Speaking families
Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Head Start Office, located at 225 Westridge Drive Watsonville, CA 95076.   Contact Elizabeth Chavez at (831) 722-2800 for more information.
(Please note: group does not meet the months of June & July).

bullet Hollister Bilingual Support Group: Unidos de San Benito
Meets the first Wednesday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm at the Hollister Library, 470 5th Street, Hollister, CA.  Please contact Ricardo Cornejo at (831) 406-9030 or rcornejo@spinsc.org for more information.
(Please note: group does not meet the months of July & August)

This group is for parents to share space with each other, to support each other and to problem solve challenges together!
Meets the second Tuesday of each month at Hope Services- 220 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Email Heidi at special.connections.sc@gmail.com for more information.

bullet Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities Meet up
Meets the first Monday of the month from 9:30am-11:30am at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, 7807 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003. Please contact Sonia Plageman for more information or to RSVP at (831) 423-7713 or Email at splageman@spinsc.org

Other Community Support Groups

bullet Facilitated Communication (FC)
Email webweaver@skyhighway.com for more information.

bullet Tourette Syndrome Support Group
For more information, go to: http://www.tsanorcal-hawaii.org OR contact Cindy Schuette at (831) 426-5648

bullet NAMI Parents of Youth
Led by a NAMI trained Family-to-Family presenter, this group meets during the school day at a NAMI location and is geared toward parents of children and teens with neurobehavioral challenges. Contact Emily Chapman directly for more information at: ebc73@comcast.net

bullet Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group (C.H.A.D.D.)
The Parents of Children with ADHD Support Group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month (Adults with ADHD meet every 4th Wednesday) from 6:30-8pm at the Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos (next to Mar Vista Elementary) click for map: http://goo.gl/5DMCrs. We provide information, resources, and support about ADHD in a safe environment where everyone can feel understood. For more information contact Judy Brenis, jbbrenis@comcast.net , call 831-818-9619 or visit our website: http://www.chadd.net/436.

New Group Possibilities

bullet Do you have a a need for a specific disability support group? If you would like support to get one going, call Heidi Lister at 722-2800 or email her at special.connections.sc@gmail.com

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Last updated June 2018